Just where does Turkey’s future lie?
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Istanbul, the city that crosses two continents, claims the future is European, but not necessarily within the EU.
Germany, along with France, is opposed to Turkish accession into the EU.
Guido Westerwelle speaking in the city said: “I want to say it in your language. Turkiye’nin yonu Avrupa’dir (Turkey’s direction is Europe). I hope that there won’t be any misunderstandings from now on.”
Its in sharp contrast to Britain, after Prime Minister David Cameron claimed he was “angry” at the slow pace of Turkey’s accession talks.
Ankara began EU negotiations in 2005, but has so far only opened 13 of the 35 policy areas that would be members have to discuss.
Eight areas remain off limits as a result of Turkey’s refusal to allow Cypriot vessels to dock in Turkish ports.
Turkey does not recognise EU member Cyprus because of the island’s 36-year division between its Greek and Turkish communities.